Our engagement party was on the 13th of July (3 days after Jim's birthday) and it was really lovely. I was very nervous going into it, our extended families had never met. Jim comes from a large family who likes to party. It was at his parents house where beer kegs, buffets, and and unlocked front doors are common whenever something is being celebrated. My family, on the other hand, enjoy small get-togethers (there are not very many of us to begin with) where we open presents one at a time over tea and quiet conversation. Needless to say, 'family gatherings' mean different things to Jim and I. However the day went off without a hitch. Our families bonded and new friendships were made. Our unrelated friends kept to their own "cool kid" table but everyone had a good time. Jim and I have been together for so many years, so even if this day was to celebrate our love and our life together, it was also to celebrate our friends and families moving forward together as well. Here are some photos from the day. Photo credit goes to Jim's cousin Jennifer DeLoach (thank you!) Also, thanks goes to the Holmquists for hosting such a wonderful party, my family had such a great time!
Jim and I with his brother Eric and my sister Amy (the best man and the maid of honor)